Sharmili Mallick

Bhubaneswar: The newly appointed Odisha BJP in-charge Daggubati Purandeswari, who is on a three-day visit to the State, slammed the BJD-led State government over the deteriorating law and order situation while targeting Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik over a series of issues including non-implementation of Ayushman Bharat scheme, alleged irregularities in Kalia Scheme and the recent 'Pari' murder case.

Addressing a press conference in the capital city, Purandeswari slammed Naveen Patnaik for not implementing the Ayushman Bharat Yojana and said, "When Centre brought the Ayushman Bharat scheme, Naveen came up with Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) for people to get healthcare benefits. But, I need to ask whether the regional scheme is in proper implementation now? Why is the State government not implementing the Central scheme which is meant for the benefit of the people. Don't you want good of the people?" she asked.

Targeting the State over the alleged misappropriation in Kalia scheme, she said, "The farmers are being paid Rs 6000 annually under the PM-KISAN yojana, but the State's share of Rs 4000 under KALIA progamme is yet to be deposited in the bank accounts of farmers by the Odisha government."

"Initially, the government informed that the State has 35 lakh farmers but it was gradually reduced to 21 lakh. This proves that there was a fault in the enumeration," pointed out the Odisha BJP in-charge.

"During the election campaign last year, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that the 4.5 crore people of  Odisha are his children and he would protect them. Is five-year-old girl 'Pari' not among those people," Purandeswari said hitting it out at the CM.

"The murderer is being shielded by cabinet minister Arun Sahoo and no action has been taken by the CM in this regard so far. What type of safety is the CM talking about?" questioned Purandeswari.

Purandeswari further stated that the people of Odisha gave their mandate to BJD bestowing their belief on Naveen Patnaik rather than trusting any 'bureaucrat'. "This means, the administration should be regulated by Naveen not any official," she added.

There were multiple scams in Odisha, like the coal scam, forest scam, chit fund, land scam etc. "It seems lawlessness is ruling the State," Purandeswari said while targeting the BJD-led government.

The state government or it's departmental authorities are yet to respond to the allegations made by  Purandeswari.